"To survive the Borderlands you must live sin fronteras, be a crossroads.”
– Gloria Anzaldua

Join us for Oakland Crossroads, a monthly reading series and open mic curated by Suzana Huerta. This series occurs on the last Tuesday of every month.This month, our featured writers include Vernon Keeve III, Melissa Lozano, and Jose Hector Cadenas.

Every last Tuesdays of the month, join us for Oakland Crossroads, a monthly reading and open mic series curated and hosted by Suzana Huerta. It takes its name from the idea that living at a crossroads, embracing community in all its rich complexity is the only way to resist borders that bind and confine us. Through poetry and story, in the space of art and song, we come to together to connect and express the multitude of voices that makes Oakland so rich. 

Oakland Crossroads features local, Bay Area poets and writers. This series seeks to bring together Bay Area based writers, both established and emerging, to share their stories, their hearts—to reveal their own realities and dreams on the mic. Every reading will feature at least one poet or writer from Oakland and will provide an open mic for anyone who wants to read. We welcome all poets and writers, all levels of experience, all members of the community.


Suzana Huerta

Oakland Crossroads host and curator Suzana Huerta is an educator and poet. She dedicates most of her energy to the California community college system and its inspiring student body. She strives to bring poets to the classroom and encourage all students to discover the poet within. A Bay Area native, Suzy was born and raised in San Jose, Ca. and currently lives in San Francisco. She is proud to call herself a VONA alum, and her work has appeared in La Bloga, El Coraje, The Packinghouse Review, Poets Responding to SB1070, and Sunrise from Blue Thunder. Additional work is forthcoming in Bordersenses and Poetry of Resistance: A Multicultural Anthology in Response to Arizona SB 1070, Xenophobia and Injustice by University of Arizona Press.

Vernon Keeve III

Vernon Keeve III is a storyteller from the South, and a West Coast trained educator. A recipient of the 2012 Zora Neale Hurston Award from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Vernon also serves as the Chair for The Association of Black and Brown Writers and has a full collection of poems and rants scheduled for release from Nomadic Press in winter 2015.



Melissa Lozano

Melissa Lozano is the author of her self-published chapbook Bullets and Butterflies. Her work has been published in Cantos Al Sexto Sol: An Anthology of Aztlanahuac Writing and La Lunada : An Anthology Celebrating Sixty Full Moons of Spoken-Word Poetry at Galeria de La Raza 2004 - 2010. She is currently in her first semester at the California College of the Arts MFA in Writing Program. 



Jose Hector Cadena

José Héctor Cadena is a writer, poet, educator, and collage artist, who grew up along the San Ysidro/Tijuana borderlands. José co-founded the ongoing reading series: Voz Sin Tinta. VONA alum, José  has appeared as a guest panelist on “Track 21: Tijuana en el Arte” and as a featured poet at Poe-Ti-Sa Sexta Edición: Poesía Chicana at Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT).  He has also been featured in San Francisco’s Litquake, The Reader’s Cafe at Fort Mason, UABC Radio and more.  

“Algún lugar/ es aquí/ donde no imagine estarlo”. José’s work has appeared in Raices y Mas: An Anthology of Young Border Voices, Los Bilingual Writers: Book IV, Pacific Review, Cipactli, Men’s Heartbreak Anthology, Poets Responding to SB1070, and his self-published chapbook: Here, Have a Slice.

José has taught at The National Hispanic University and San Francisco State University. He is a current lecturer at San Diego State University, San Diego City College, and Southwestern College.

Doors at 6:30pm
Open Mic Sign-up at 6:45pm
Reading at 7:00pm

$5-15 Sliding Scale